Clipped From Fort Lauderdale News
NAACP Charges Florida Discriminates At Parks The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE A suit was filed in federal district court by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People seeking an order barring racial discrimination in state parks. The suit filed yesterday charged that the State Board of Parks violated the 14th Amend ment to the U. S. Constitution by operating its parks under a policy of racial segregation. A hearing was not scheduled im mediately. Robert Saunders of Tampa, Florida field secretary for the NAACP, contended in the suit that two faculty members of Florida A and M University, Dr. Clarence Owens and W. O. Mack, ' were denied admission last May to Killearn Gardens near Tallahassee because they were Negroes. The suit also charged that the park board denied Negroes the use of parks on an equal basis with Whites; that nine of the 56 parks were exclusively for Negroes, Negroes, and in 10 others, facili ties were segregated and signs posted designating separation of the races. .